The Name Game

Originally post in Notes from In Between

I've been thinking a lot about the name of this blog. I can't decide if it still fits with where I am in life now. The title refers to my musings on the "In Between" times of my life, and I began it while I was single and searching for someone, while I was a beginner in my career, and while I was still in grad school. 

Now, here I am--married, more experienced, with a Master's in Public Administration, but I still feel like my life is in transition somehow. I mean, I am a new wife (just over a month now), but I don't want that to become the entirety of my identity. I'm still not really used to having a different name.

Even my name change is in transition because I'm still waiting for marriage license to come in the mail. Why it takes 30 days to print a mail a piece of paper is beyond me, but okay Clayton County Probate Court. I really should follow up on that though. 

Even though, I'm in a new place in my life than when I began the blog, I'm still transitioning, so I'm still in between. Maybe that's all life really is moving from one transition to another. Perhaps the day that I stop being in between one thing and another is the day I stop breathing. So, maybe the title is appropriate after all. 

I'm already trying to think about what I want to do next. I keep thinking that I want get my PhD, but not sure in what yet, and I have to take the GRE again. I want to pick up the Beautiful at Any Size project again because I feel like a lot of the big dreams I had for my life like inspiring people to be comfortable in their own skin and creating an anti-beauty magazine that focuses on inner beauty first have given way to more practical life goals, like getting out of debt finally, cleaning the house, and my higher education career.  

Michael and I talk about our bucket list dreams and goals sometimes. Here's some of our list (in no particular order):

  • Buy a house
  • Start a family
  • Travel to each continent
  • Take a cross country road trip to every state
  • Be debt free
  • Take an Alaskan cruise
  • Spend New Year's Eve in Times Square
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Take a foodie road trip to places on food network
  • Watch the sun rise on the east coast and set on the west cost

These are my personal bucket list items:

  • Write a novel
  • Publish a book
  • Learn Vietnamese before going back to Vietnam
  • Be an inspiration
  • Run in a race
  • Ride a horse
  • Adopt at least one older child/teen
  • Learn Spanish
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Earn a doctorate
  • Parasail
  • Cook through a cookbook
  • Be a game show contestant
  • Be in talent show on a cruise
  • Learn to sew more than pillowcases
  • Actually keep up with a blog

I don't lack ambition--just have a problem with following through, and I'm too easily distracted, so I'll take it one day at a time and move through each transition of my life. I guess I'll always in between something.

Kimberly

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